It’s not a Christmas to me if I don’t manage a sneaky trip to the big smoke. I find London pretty darn magical at any time of the year (although not enough to live there, not right now anyway), but it’s something else entirely at Christmas. Okay, it’s far busier than usual and it’s basically impossible to get a seat on the tube. But London Christmas is special to me, and that’s why I’ve compiled my favourite things to do in the capital during the festive season. I’ve also added in a few extra bits that I personally don’t choose to do that might be more up your street. If you want to know what I usually do, why not take a peak at this post I wrote last blogmas, all about my usual London Christmas trip. It even has the title I was going to give this post; I’m still in sync with 2016 Sophie apparently!
A few weeks ago, DenTek invited me alone to the Eat & Drink Festival at Olympia and I’m all about filling my face with all the food and drink at Christmas. This also included entry into the Ideal Home Christmas Show, and whilst this was going to be two posts worth of content, I’ve decided to put it into one bumper post for you. My London Olympia Christmas Festivals guide.
When I got an email back in April all about the Harry Potter: A History of Magic Exhibition at the British Library, I snapped up those tickets pretty quickly. If I wasn’t able to get tickets to Harry Potter & The Cursed Child then I was going to find something else London based to fill the Harry Potter shaped hole in my life. 7 months later, the day rolled around for me to attend the exhibition (which I was unfortunately unable to photograph) and I took my first steps into the British Library, and behind the scenes of the history of Harry Potter.
Whilst I feel that I am fairly well travelled, in reality that’s a total lie. I’ve spent a lot of time in Spain, a few weeks in America and, besides a few other trips to Europe over my 22 years, that’s it really. In fact, until last week I’d never even ventured north of Cumbria. That’s right, I’d never crossed the border into sister Scotland. But being invited to see An Act Of Kindness at the Edinburgh Fringe gave me the kick up the bum I needed to take a trip to the capital and spend a mere 11 hours in Edinburgh.
I’m going to start this post by saying I’m not a whisky drinker. I don’t like the smell, and the one time I tasted it I thought it tasting like I was eating a tree. I just don’t like whisky. However, Jack is. And whilst killing time in Edinburgh before we saw An Act Of Kindness, we popped into The Scotch Whisky Experience. I wasn’t really sure what to expect, but boy am I glad we took the trip.
Despite frequently visiting London, I have never been on a proper tour. I’ve done a lot of the really cool tourist things like the London Eye, walking over Tower Bridge and visiting Churchill’s War Rooms (that last one is definitely worth a visit) but I’ve never done an all encompassing tour. When I was invited on the Classic Sightseeing London Duck Tour*, I knew this was my opportunity to see a lot of London and I was definitely going to take that chance.